Monday 23rd April 2018

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In Defense Of Pius XII

April 23, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on In Defense Of Pius XII

By MIKE MANNO

I’m a history buff. “Buff,” I said, not “expert.”
I’m interested in all kinds of history, obviously some more than others, but in a pinch any history will do. I remember as a kid my parents bought me a set of the World Book Encyclopedia. On rainy days I used to just pick one volume off the shelf and page through it, reading interesting articles. I read every single article on the presidents, the history of the Church, and the Revolutionary War, among other topics. That, of course, spurred other historical forays into libraries and later the Internet.
So I’m a History Channel “buff” and any other channels that cover historical persons or events. Two programs I always watch on Sundays — or TiVo if I’m out — are Legends and Lies on the Fox News Channel, which this year is on the Civil War, and Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History on CNN.
Each episode of the CNN series focuses on a specific era and the events that challenged the Popes of that time. And not only does each program address the issues and controversies that the Popes faced, but it also covers the excesses of the papacy, including the Renaissance Popes who are often better known for, well, shall we say worldly pleasures. Most of the programs thus far have seemed pretty even-handed, although there is a decided tilt to cast a shadow or two over the papacy by questioning motives and subtly undercutting the Church position.
Sunday, April 8 the program was on the World War II papacies of Pius XI, Achille Ratti, who reigned from 1922 to 1939, and Pius XII, Eugenio Pacelli, who reigned from 1939 to 1958. I was especially interested to see CNN’s take on Pius XII since I was familiar with the 1999 book Hitler’s Pope by the English author John Cornwell and one of its rebuttals, the 2005 book The Myth of Hitler’s Pope by Rabbi David G. Dalin.
For those who may be unfamiliar with the controversy, Pius XII had been nearly universally recognized for his wartime work to save Jews from the Nazis, and, indeed, the record demonstrates that his efforts working behind the scenes helped many Jews to escape Hitler’s attempt to exterminate European Jewry. … Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . In Search Of The Lost Shepherd

April 22, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on A Book Review . . . In Search Of The Lost Shepherd

By CHRISTOPHER MANION

Lawler, Philip F. Lost Shepherd: How Pope Francis Is Misleading His Flock. Washington, D.C. Regnery, 2018. xii + 203 pp. Available at Amazon.com.

At times it appears difficult to keep up with Pope Francis. His words and his actions, both symbolic and sacramental, resemble the unpredictable trajectories of those steel balls on an old pinball machine — only there are no sides to make the ball stay in the playing field.
Pope Francis has made it clear he doesn’t want to be pinned down. The Holy Father’s forays offer springboards of imagination to secular savants who welcome the collapse of the Church, but his rambling ruminations provide a veritable obstacle course to those faithful trying to live out the faith in tumultuous times.
While apostles of the Culture of Death have found holes in the Pope’s views about doctrine big enough to drive a truck through, the number of faithful chroniclers is smaller, and their voices do not find resonance in the noise of the decadent intellectual marketplace. Only with prayer and patience do they persevere. … Continue Reading

With Paul Ryan Stepping Down . . . When’s Best Time To Step Into His Shoes And Sock GOP Foes?

April 21, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on With Paul Ryan Stepping Down . . . When’s Best Time To Step Into His Shoes And Sock GOP Foes?

By DEXTER DUGGAN

Perhaps the fastest way to cure a doubter about the existence of everlasting life is to point to the undeniable reality of unending politics. Not only are there interminable two-year, four-year, and six-year election cycles, depending on the contested race, but also all the backroom warfare that fills any spaces left over on the calendar.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) announced on April 11 that he’d serve the remaining months left in his two-year term but wouldn’t seek the seat again in November’s elections. That may have sounded like a modest plan until buzz started over whether Republicans even wanted to continue with a “lame duck” speaker who’d effectively removed himself from the party’s near future.
Ryan’s corner countered that he shouldn’t step aside immediately because Republicans needed an experienced team to take them through the fall campaign battles.
On the other hand, what better time to get a fresh leadership start right away instead of continuing to be hampered by a speaker who’d served in that role only since late 2015 and couldn’t get united with the Senate’s top command to fulfill a memorable two-chamber GOP agenda?
How often have Republicans been so fortunate in recent decades as to have the clout of controlling both the legislative and executive branches? And, skeptical voters can ask, how much have they done with it recently?
Even though Ryan’s House was more productive than standpatter Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R., Ky.) wing of the Capitol, the burden seemed to have been on Ryan to infuse some of his energy into the other chamber rather than allow McConnell’s lethargy to prevail and drag down both chambers’ record. … Continue Reading

The Pope’s New Apostolic Exhortation… Seeking Stable Principles Is Not “Rigidity,” But Sanity

April 20, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on The Pope’s New Apostolic Exhortation… Seeking Stable Principles Is Not “Rigidity,” But Sanity

By ROBERT ROYAL

(Editor’s Note: This essay by Robert Royal first appeared April 11 on the website The Catholic Thing [www.thecatholicthing.org.] Copyright 2018. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.)

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Among the many sad consequences of the divisions Pope Francis has exacerbated within the Church, we’re now forced to live with an undeniable reality: Even when he says good things — and there are many such in his new Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate (“Rejoice and Be Glad: On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World”) — they inevitably get drawn into the trench warfare he helped create.
His supporters often argue that opposition to the kind of changes he made in a document like Amoris Laetitia stems from something like Franciphobia, an irrational dislike. It’s true that some Catholics now show a kind of blind fury at what they believe he is doing. But for many more, as Ross Douthat explains in his must-read book To Change the Church, it didn’t have to be this way.
That’s quite evident in how Rejoice and Be Glad invokes many traditional elements of Catholic spirituality and shapes them for current use. The Pope states early on that he hasn’t written a comprehensive treatise on holiness, though in his meandering and sometimes self-contradictory way, he touches — helpfully — on almost everything.
The overall aim is exactly right: “The Lord asks everything of us, and in return he offers us true life, the happiness for which we were created. He wants us to be saints and not to settle for a bland and mediocre existence.”
And most of the pages that follow show ways we can all — whatever our state in life — walk that path. Pope Francis even warns near the end:
“We will not admit the existence of the devil if we insist on regarding life by empirical standards alone, without a supernatural understanding. It is precisely the conviction that this malign power is present in our midst that enables us to understand how evil can at times have so much destructive force. . . . Hence, we should not think of the devil as a myth, a representation, a symbol, a figure of speech or an idea. This mistake would lead us to let down our guard, to grow careless and end up more vulnerable. . . . When we let down our guard, he takes advantage of it to destroy our lives, our families and our communities.”
Still, despite such robust warnings, many Catholics now are wary about where such papal sentiments “cash out.” And there are particular problems, some stemming from Francis’ inattention to consistency. … Continue Reading

A Movie Review… The Tragedy Of Chappaquiddick

April 19, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on A Movie Review… The Tragedy Of Chappaquiddick

By REY FLORES

“We tell the truth, or at least our version of it” — Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, July 1969.
These words explain everything about what money, power, and influence can do in the swamp of establishment American politics. These are the words Kennedy shared with the damage control team put together by his father, Joe P. Kennedy Sr. All done to cover up the tragic death of an innocent young woman at the hands of the senator, and an attempt to maintain the sterling Kennedy name untarnished — or so they thought.
In American politics, there have been few families who have had the cultural impact of the Kennedys. While most Americans with a basic knowledge of U.S. political history know about family patriarch Joseph Patrick Kennedy Sr., the family’s political involvement goes back to their roots in Ireland in the earlier half of the 1800s.
Sen. Ted Kennedy was the fourth longest-serving senator in U.S. history. Ted survived through a storied and tragic family history. His older brother Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. — the first son that Joe Sr. wanted to be the first Kennedy president — was a Navy lieutenant killed in action during World War II.
Ted’s brother John F. Kennedy did fulfill Joe Sr.’s wishes years later, serving as president of the United States from 1961 through 1963. His presidency was abruptly ended in November of 1963 in Dallas by an assassin.
A few years later in 1968, Teddy Kennedy and his family suffered through yet another tragic and violent loss. His other brother, Sen. Bobby Kennedy, was also taken out by an assassin’s bullet.
Tragedy plagued the Kennedy clan as recently as 1999 when John Kennedy Jr. was killed in a plane crash along with his wife.
In Chappaquiddick, we are finally told the inside story of how this became one of the most fantastic coverups in modern American politics. It has been nearly fifty years since this incident occurred. I believe many Americans are more than ready to hear what may really have happened that night.
Here’s a little background for younger Wanderer readers who may not be familiar with this story.
After a small party thrown in July of 1969 in the town of Edgartown, Mass., near Chappaquiddick Island, then-Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy got himself in a heap of trouble.
Sometime during said party, Kennedy got behind the wheel while intoxicated and ended up running his car into Lake Chappaquiddick. Kennedy survived, but his passenger, a young, beautiful, and talented 28-year-old political secretary and campaign specialist, did not.
Mary Jo Kopechne died that night because of the late senator’s negligence. Not only did Kennedy drive drunk that night, but as happens with many drunks, one poor decision led to another. Instead of making every attempt possible to save Kopechne from the submerged car, Kennedy freed himself, and walked away from the scene of the accident.
He eventually did admit in court to leaving the scene of the accident and was sentenced to only two months of incarceration, but because of the powerful political influence of the Kennedys, he got a slap on the wrist with a suspended jail sentence, and only served a very brief stint of probation. … Continue Reading

Pastoral Mercy Requires Sound Doctrinal Judgment

April 18, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Pastoral Mercy Requires Sound Doctrinal Judgment

By SHAUN KENNEY

It’s been a whirlwind week for Catholics with news of an apostolic exhortation, some business with the Chilean bishops, a gathering of cardinals in Rome, and a surprisingly orthodox interpretation of Catholic teaching on homosexual acts from none other than James Martin, SJ, in the pages of America magazine no less.
Yes, that Fr. Martin. Yes, that America magazine.
Interestingly enough, Martin discusses with surprising firmness the Catholic Church’s teaching on the homosexual act as intrinsically disordered. His words, or more accurately, the words chosen by the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Moreover, Martin goes to great lengths to explain the difference between the doctrine of the Church and the pastoral mission of the Church, explaining to the reader that his approach was a weighty bet on the pastoral.
Whether any of the readers of Building a Bridge are open to the possibility of confessing the doctrinal truths of the Church is a point we raised in these pages…but it strikes one as the crux of the conversation as to whether charity requires the additional step of bringing those with sin to Christ, rather than merely accepting us in the condition of sin.
One has to openly wonder whether or not Martin was urged to print such a column, especially coming on the heels of Pope Francis’ latest apostolic exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and Be Glad).
[Editor’s Note: Please also see Robert Royal’s commentary on the exhortation, p. 5A of this week’s issue, reprinted with permission from The Catholic Thing.]
What is remarkable about the exhortation is not just the style, written much more in the manner of a pastor to a parishioner rather than a Pontiff issuing diktats from on high. Rather, Francis places a tremendous emphasis on individual holiness being the only path to social holiness — lines borrowed directly from Evangelii Gaudium, but refined in a personal pastoral sense.
In this sense, Francis cautions against two heresies that have gobbled up the attentions of the modern world: Gnosticism and Pelagianism.
Gnosticism is an old wineskin that predates Christianity, one that effectively argues that knowledge alone will redeem souls. Pelagianism is an ugly kid sister to Gnosticism, one that argues that rules alone will redeem souls.
Both are enemies of the faith. But what is fascinating about how Francis employs both is that they are very nearly responses to Christian realism. To one side, the Gnostic becomes an empiricist and egotist. On the other, the Pelagian becomes wrapped in a form of physicalism — or rather, where nature is bound by rules and by their understanding, we can control human nature itself. … Continue Reading

But It Should Bring A Blush… These Fans Are Taught “Team Pride”

April 17, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on But It Should Bring A Blush… These Fans Are Taught “Team Pride”

By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — How society has been thrown for a loop was on display April 3 at the sharp downtown arena where the Phoenix Suns NBA franchise plays. On the official program was honor for sexual confusion and dysfunction as the Suns observed their Pride Night.
It was a long toss from when the 1968 expansion Suns first played at the concave-roofed Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, looking somewhat like a big saddle, at the state fairgrounds, northwest of downtown Phoenix. Back then, values were just, you know, so square.
On April 4, the number-two story on the front sports page of the Phoenix-based Arizona Republic, the state’s largest daily, was headlined, “Suns celebrate equality, inclusion.” Inclusion of whom? Why, “the LGBT community.”
The first 5,000 fans at the arena received a free shirt with a rainbow Suns logo, said the story, which presented a quotation with an echo effect about “embracing everyone . . . really cool . . . embrace everyone . . . really cool.”
The story reported that during a panel discussion before the night’s game, fans were tutored on correct thoughts. “The discussion ranged from what the sports community can still do to foster acceptance to how Arizona legislation compares to other states.”
Said the Republic scribe: “The NBA has been progressive on a number of social issues, with players taking on roles of advocacy.”
Readers were further enlightened that NBA rookies after the summer draft are instructed “with regards to homophobic language and sexist language in the locker room.” … Continue Reading

Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction? Tough Luck, Says California Bill

April 16, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction? Tough Luck, Says California Bill

By MIKE MANNO

OK, we’ve crossed this politically correct line once before. California (where else?), New Jersey, and a few other states have banned sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) — sometimes called reparative or conversion therapy — for minors. Reparative therapy is a therapeutic technique used to change one’s sexual orientation from a same-sex attraction to a heterosexual one.
The last time I delved into this issue was in the May 25, 2017 edition of The Wanderer (“Gender Confusion Prevails in the Courts”) wherein I reported that the U.S. Supreme Court had declined to hear an appeal from the Ninth Circuit’s decision that banning SOCE for minors was legal.
Back in May I described the law thus: “[If a] minor is dealing with unwanted same-sex attraction, the therapist is prohibited from addressing that issue, except to affirm the child’s ‘gayness’ even if the child himself wants help to suppress those feelings.”
Well, the California legislature is at it again. Fresh from its “victory” for minors, it is now considering a bill that would seek to ban reparative therapy for anyone, regardless of whether or not the patient wants that type of therapy. If that is all the legislature wanted to do it could have simply amended the law to include adults. But its purpose is more nefarious and seeks a wider target. The bill (AB 2943) labels SOCE a fraudulent practice, puts it into the state’s consumer protection statute, and applies the ban to any advertisement or promotion for conversion therapy, whether oral or written, as fraud.
“[T]his bill applies to everyone, all licensed counselors, end even people selling books on therapy,” Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute, said.
Dacus warns that the bill is so broad that it would apply even to promotions for conferences where former homosexuals give testimony about their conversion. Thus their stories would be considered false and misleading and subject to penalty.
The bill, which has no religious exemption, “finds” that reparative therapy is harmful because “contemporary science recognizes that being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender is part of the natural spectrum of human identity and is not a disease, disorder, or illness.”
And further that “the potential risks of reparative therapy are great, including depression, anxiety, and self-destructive behavior, since therapist alignment with societal prejudices against homosexuality may reinforce self-hatred already experienced by the patient.” … Continue Reading

Humanae Vitae Takes The Stage

April 15, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Humanae Vitae Takes The Stage

By CHRISTOPHER MANION

After several years of pleas from the pews, the USCCB acknowledged the importance of Humanae Vitae by sponsoring a major conference celebrating the encyclical of Blessed Paul VI, promulgated fifty years ago this July. “Embracing God’s Vision for Marriage, Love, and Life” met for three days at the Catholic University of America during the Octave of Easter, and it was simply thrilling.
World-class speakers addressed every aspect of this crucial Church teaching. Philosophers, theologians, historians, scientists, physicians, social analysts, even medical statisticians wove together a fabric of beauty and truth to confront the shredded culture of death that has prevailed in so much of the West.
There was no little irony in the fact that Catholic University hosted the conference. Dr. John Garvey, undoubtedly the finest university president in the country, reminded attendees that Catholic U was the focal point of what Fr. Peter Mitchell has called a “revolution in American Catholic Education” (The Coup at Catholic University: The 1968 Revolution in American Catholic Education, Ignatius Press: 2015).
Dr. Garvey, who has labored long and hard to enrich CUA’s Catholic character, gave a spirited defense of Humanae Vitae, something precious few dared to do on the campus fifty years ago.
Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Cap., chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth, was the only prelate to speak at the conference.
His historical sketch began with pagan Rome, where men were expected to be promiscuous while women were not (and slaves and prostitutes were “safety valves” for men). “No classical people or civilization believed in universal human dignity,” he said, pointing out that St. Gregory of Nyssa (+ c. 395) was the first classical figure to condemn slavery.
In responding to questions regarding the collapse of sexual mores, Archbishop Chaput candidly admitted that “they’ve won” — American culture had embraced the sexual revolution — but that did not diminish the challenge to teach the truth and practice it in our daily lives. … Continue Reading

Capitulation Doesn’t Work . . . For Ryan And GOP, Nor For The Pope On Immigration

April 14, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Capitulation Doesn’t Work . . . For Ryan And GOP, Nor For The Pope On Immigration

By DEXTER DUGGAN

Just imagine that a town in a congressman’s district had terrible ambulance-response times. This hypothetical legislator made a big point while campaigning for re-election that if he won, he’d get all the emergency agencies in the area together to improve their coordination.
However, after his victory, he staged exactly one lunch for their leaders then dropped the issue entirely. When he lost office in the next election cycle, his foes proclaimed, “See, people don’t care about fast ambulances. Who cares how long it takes them to respond?”
Their claims, of course, turned the issue on its head. He didn’t campaign by promising he’d be indifferent to the crisis, but that he’d fight to fix it. It was because he didn’t carry out his pledge that voters sent him packing.
That applies in real political life to troubles Republicans fear they’re in now. They won their congressional majorities by promising to oppose and fix damage done by Democrats. However, in many ways the GOP majority in power let Democrat policies prevail.
Massive spending lumped together in an intentionally intractable “omnibus,” plenty of continuing taxpayer funding for mega-abortionist Planned Parenthood, general opposition to enabling border protection, failure to repeal the roots of Obamacare. Democrat leaders danced with joy over the Republicans’ self-inflicted capitulations.
But, of course, the Dems will claim in this campaign season that voters are rejecting the Republican program, not that voters actually are rejecting the GOP’s failure to deliver on the bold anti-Democrat program they pledged.
Who can forget “maverick” Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.), newly diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer, returning to Capitol Hill last summer to kill the GOP’s “skinny repeal” of Obamacare? Republican legislators were aghast, but Dems rejoiced at their Arizona pal once again coming through for them. … Continue Reading

Catholic priest killed while hearing confessions in Mexico

April 21 (UPI) — A Roman Catholic priest was killed Friday in the west-central Mexican state of Jalisco, the second priest murdered within one week in the country. Juan Miguel Contreras Garcia, 33, was performing the sacrament of penance when attacked…Continue Reading

Pope Francis to new priests: Be like Jesus the Good Shepherd

Vatican City, Apr 22, 2018 / 05:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday Pope Francis ordained 16 men to the priesthood, reminding them to be like Jesus the Good Shepherd in the way they serve the members of their spiritual flock…Continue Reading

20 April 2007 – Msgr. Richard Schuler – RIP

Today is the anniversary of the death of Msgr. Richard Schuler, a well-known Church musician and pastor for many years of the Church of St. Agnes in St. Paul, MN. This was a man who fought the good fight, in…Continue Reading

German bishops deny Pope nixed their plan for intercommunion with Protestants

April 19, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The German bishops are denying reports that Pope Francis has rejected their plan to give Holy Communion to Protestant spouses of Catholics. The plan, which was contained in a guide published by the German Episcopal Conference, justified giving…Continue Reading

Bill Banning ‘Conversion Therapy’ Passes California State Assembly

Legislation that would ban efforts to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity passed in the California Assembly with a bipartisan vote of 50-14.

Priests are performing exorcisms over the phone, cardinal claims

Priests have been carrying out exorcisms over the phone as demand continues to rise, a Cardinal has said. Speaking at the Vatican’s annual exorcist training conference in Rome, Cardinal Ernest Simoni said priests are delivering prayers of liberation, part of…Continue Reading

Twitter suspends right-wing commentator Mark Dice for saying transsexualism is a mental illness

April 16, 2018 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Right-wing commentator Mark Dice, famous for YouTube video interviews with random passers-by in public spaces, says that his Twitter account was suspended Thursday of last week after he implied that transgenderism is a mental illness.…Continue Reading

Pope: ‘Troubled’ over Syria, praying for Alfie Evans

At the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis calls for greater commitment from the international community for a joint action for peace in Syria. He also asks that Alfie, who is suffering from a degenerative disease and whom doctors want to deny…Continue Reading

There’s no ‘bridge’ between modernism and faithful Catholicism

April 13, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The Catholic Church today is suffering greatly from a split among the faithful.  This split is evident in matters pertaining to the liturgy, doctrine, social teaching, morality, theology, and even in how the Faithful view…Continue Reading

Trump Unleashes Military Strikes on Syria Over Chemical Attack

President Donald Trump said he had approved military strikes on Syria in retaliation for an apparent chemical attack by the regime of Bashar al-Assad on a rebel town. “A short time ago I ordered the United States armed forces to…Continue Reading

Full text of Pope Francis’ letter to Chilean bishops

Vatican City, Apr 11, 2018 / 04:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a letter addressed to Chile’s bishops, Pope Francis admitted to making “serious mistakes” in handling the nation’s massive sex abuse crisis and asked for forgiveness. The pope summoned Chile’s…Continue Reading

Citing growing interest in Traditional Latin Mass, Archbishop Chaput creates quasi-parish

Philadelphia, Pa., Apr 12, 2018 / 12:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new quasi-parish for Catholics interested in the Traditional Latin Mass will open in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia at a church that had been part of a 2014 parish merger.…Continue Reading

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Interview With Cardinal Burke . . . Discriminating Mercy: Defending Christ And His Church With True Love

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  By DON FIER (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and Founder of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis., graciously took time out of his busy schedule to grant The Wanderer a wide-ranging interview during a recent visit to the Shrine. Included among the topics…Continue Reading

Developing Lives Of Peace After The Heart Of Mary

By RAYMOND LEO CARDINAL BURKE (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke delivered the address below at the 32nd Annual Church Teaches Forum, “The Message of Fatima: Peace for the World,” Galt House, Louisville, Ky., July 22, 2017. The address is reprinted here with the kind permission of Cardinal Burke. All rights reserved. This is part one of the…Continue Reading

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Chemical suffocation? How Alder Hey doctors want Alfie Evans to die.

LIVERPOOL, England, April 22, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — Alfie Evans will be given Midazolam and Fentanyl when his life-support is removed. Thomas Evans published part of a legal document today that explains how the Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust plans to end his son’s life. LifeSiteNews reported on Friday that Alfie’s life-support is scheduled to be removed on Monday, April 23. That information is under a publication ban in England. The document Evans published states: “Wit

Of Truth and Idols

Pope Francis celebrated and preached at the Chrism Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on Holy Thursday morning. He addressed the concelebrating priests on the themes of the closeness of God and the closeness that priests should have to their people. This priestly closeness is “an attitude that engages the whole person.” He praised street priests“who are ‘close’, available, priests who are there for people, who talk to everyone.” Closeness, he believes, is “the key to m  

Spiritual guidance belongs in politics, Bishop Tobin says

Providence, R.I., Apr 20, 2018 / 01:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking out on political issues is not only a right, but a duty, for religious leaders, said Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Providence in a recent interview. “What we try and do is take the Gospel, the basis of our faith, and apply it to the issues of the day,” Bishop Tobin told the Providence Journal in an article published April 17.

From The Heart of a Young Father

Bishops get a lot of unsolicited mail from strangers, some of it pleasant, some of it much less so. It goes with the job. But every once in a while a letter comes in that’s worth sharing with a wider audience. Last month, in preparation for the October 2018 synod, roughly 300 young adults from around the world gathered in Rome to discuss their views of faith and the Church. The result was a valuable…Continue Reading

Mother killed on Southwest flight was firm believer in Catholic schools

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Tributes from business leaders and politicians alike described Jennifer Riordan — the 43-year-old passenger who died April 17 from injuries suffered on Southwest Flight 1380 when its engine exploded — as a devoted mother, community leader, mentor and volunteer. Riordan, a Wells Fargo executive from New Mexico, was a “thoughtful leader who has long been a part of th

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Christendom Celebrates 40 Years With D.C. Gala

By ZACHARY SMITH Christendom College celebrated its 40th Anniversary with a gala dinner dance on April 14, hosting close to 500 guests at the historic Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. Joining special guests Sen. Rick Santorum, Francis Cardinal Arinze, His Imperial and Royal Highness Imre of Habsburg-Lorraine, Arlington Bishop Michael Burbidge, and radio personality Patrick…Continue Reading

Trump: Prisoner Of The War Party?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “Ten days ago, President Trump was saying ‘the United States should withdraw from Syria.’ We convinced him it was necessary to stay.” Thus boasted French President Emmanuel Macron on April 14, adding, “We convinced him it was necessary to stay for the long term.” Is the U.S. indeed in the Syrian…Continue Reading

Maria Gaetana Agnesi… A Beautiful Mind (And Spirit)

By RAY CAVANAUGH The math professor occupation is largely male even today. But back in 1750, when Maria Gaetana Agnesi was appointed as a mathematics professor at the University of Bologna, women in such a position were nonexistent. And yet Agnesi avoided what would’ve been a groundbreaking academic career, electing instead to focus on charitable…Continue Reading

A Salute To Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI On His 91st Birthday

(Editor’s Note: Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI quietly celebrated his 91st birthday on April 16. He spent the day in the Mater Ecclesia Monastery in the Vatican, where he lives. The material below comes from the Vatican’s websites.) + + + The day of Joseph Ratzinger’s birth has been seen by some as a sign of…Continue Reading

A Book Review… Edith Stein’s Love Of Wisdom

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN Edith Stein: The Life and Legacy of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, by Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda (Sophia Institute Press: Manchester, NH, 2017), 221 pp.; paperback $15.95. Available from www.SophiaInstitute.com or 1-800-888-9344. An engaging, comprehensive introduction to the life, writings, thought, and martyrdom of a Jewish convert to the Catholic faith beatified…Continue Reading

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A Leaven In The World… Amid Weeds, Fruit That Will Last

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The lush and tender growth of early spring bursts forth new and green, full of promise. The signs of renewed life surrounding us in city and country romance us with nature’s seductive beauty. The Creator’s handiwork is beautiful in every season. The unique appeal of spring, however, seems to lie in its beckoning lure to…Continue Reading

The Sacraments Instituted By Christ . . . More On Christ As The Fulfillment Of The Old Law

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 25 The Sacrifice of the Cross was a true and perfect sacrifice. It was unique, because in the Sacrifice of the Cross, Our Lord Jesus Christ was at once the Priest and the Victim, the one who offers, and the one who is offered; being divinely chosen and appointed for each of these offices.…Continue Reading

Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit

By DON FIER Last week we saw that the eight Beatitudes, as recounted in the Gospel of St. Matthew (see Matt. 5:3-12) as a prelude to the Sermon on the Mount, “are at the heart of Jesus’ preaching and they take up and fulfill the promises that God made starting with Abraham. They depict the very countenance of Jesus and…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: In a recent reply, we stated that “bishops installed by the Chinese Communists are not true bishops, cannot legitimately ordain priests, and cannot confect the sacraments, including the Holy Eucharist.” However, Fr. E.B.C. of Pennsylvania wrote to say that we are guilty of “if not an error, at least a lack of clarity.” He offered the following comments…Continue Reading

Raymond Cardinal Burke… Pope Francis Is “Increasing The Confusion”

(Editor’s Note: Below is the full text of an April 5 interview Raymond Cardinal Burke granted to an Italian Catholic publication, La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana. LifeSiteNews reprinted that interview with permission of Riccardo Cascioli, La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana’s editor, and we provide it here. All rights reserved. (Diane Montagna did the translation for LifeSiteNews.) + + + ROME (LifeSiteNews) —…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Pedro Calungsod

By CAROLE BRESLIN Guam, a small island about 1,600 miles east of the Philippines, is an unincorporated territory of the United States. This small island, which has played an important role in U.S. military activities in Southeast Asia since the early twenty-first century, was recently a pawn in the political chess game with North Korea. The Jesuits first came to…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Agnes Of Montepulciano

By CAROLE BRESLIN When St. Therese of Lisieux was only 15 years old, she begged her father to let her enter a convent. Her parents, Saints Louis Martin and Marie-Azélie Guérin, were faithful Catholics and raised their children to cherish the religious life. About six hundred years before St. Therese was born, another saint had the same ambition: to join…Continue Reading